Dr. McDreamy and his cohorts may be checking out of Seattle Grace early this year, thanks to a Hollywood writers' strike that started early this morning.
The Writers Guild of America is expected to picket 14 studios in four-hour shifts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day until a new contract is reached.
Writers are asking for bigger DVD profits and revenue from distribution of films and TV shows over the Internet, and the work stoppage may threaten production of Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Heroes and other smash hit shows.
"Grey's Anatomy is not prepared for the Writers' Guild of America strike," Patrick Dempsey told Entertainment Tonight in an interview Monday.
Patrick Dempsey said that while he isn't worried personally, the strike could adversely affect dozens of other cast and crew members.
"My concern is not so much for myself, because I'll be alright, but people who are living more paycheck to paycheck are going to be damaged much more profoundly," the man behind Dr. Derek Shepherd said. "And I think that's a real tragedy."
You know what else would be a real tragedy? If you failed to peruse The Hollywood Gossip gallery of Patrick Dempsey photos. The man is not unhandsome.